For Show # 4, Gerald talks about the Often Overlooked Hakugei: Legend of Moby Dick, Daryl’s Anime Then and Now compares the original Area 88 OAVs of the 1980s to its 2004 TV series remake, and Clarissa reviews the BL title Sensitive Pornograph. We apologize for the audio quality of this episode.
For this episode we’ve sort of gone off the deep end and have included some actual yaoi content (well, according to Clarissa it’s not). [Clarissa: I said it’s not gay porn, which technically it isn’t.] But don’t be scared away; as usual, we hope to have something for everyone, so check out each section. This episode proved to be a significant challenge as new recording methods proved to be rather detrimental to our editing process. Damn, is recording audio really supposed to be this hard?
Introduction (0:00 – 8:29)
We now have a completely new method of being contacted since we now have a voice mail account so be sure to get your thoughts to us either by our regular email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or call our new voicemail at 206-666-4AWO. We look forward to getting your lunatic ravings and actually playing them on air. We also check out some viewer mail, one by a person who’s actually watched Zambot 3, and by several people who say that Sousei no Aquarion was not exactly the show we thought it was.
- We love Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, but it’s still really gay
- The creation of the ultimate moe character, from NHK ni Youkoso
- Escape Velocity Nova
- Sousei No Aquarion summaries (Spoilers, duh)
- A picture of the Aquarion team climaxing to form the robot (probably not work safe)
Lets News! (8:29 – 18:54)
Kevin Lilliard, who runs Fan’s View, is back in the hospital again following his Ohayocon heart attack mentioned in last week’s show. The man who made “otaku” a really bad word, Tsutomu Miyazaki, is also in the news. This guy is so horrible me makes the GENOM corporation look friendly (hey, I’m writing the entry this time, and I’ll put in as many old school references as I want [Surat: You forget GENOM was in the remake as well])! We check out the new Sony Reader that’ll display manga: witness how high the resolution is, how clean the pictures look, and balk at the insanely high price Sony will probably ask for it. Genshiken season 2 has also been announced! This is a show we at Anime World Order love since we basically embody the characters (note: currently the entry for the announcement for season 2 has been taken down, so we’re not sure if we’ve been pranked). All this and a New York Times article on anime that…actually gets it RIGHT?
- Tsutomu Miyazaki Wiki Entry
- Densha Otoko Wiki Entry
- Sony Reader
- Genshiken Anime News Network Entry
- New York Times Article on Anime (Requires registration or BugMeNot)
Often Overlooked: Hakugei: The Legend of Moby Dick DVD Vol. 1 (18:54 – 34:15)
Gerald takes a stance and becomes one of the few reviewers out there to give Hakugei: The Legend of Moby Dick a positive review. This is a show by the great Osamu Dezaki and Akio Sugino.
- ANN’s entry on Hakugei
- ANN’s entry on Riki-Oh (Note: Osamu Dezaki directed the second video of Riki-Oh)
- See the massive resume of Akio Otsuka for yourself
- Space Adventure Cobra
- A cel Gerald bought years ago not knowing what show it was (note the characters are very out of character for the show as they appear in the cel)
Rotating Segment: Anime Then and Now — Area 88 (34:15 – 51:19)
In this new segment, we compare and contrast a classic anime title with its more modern remake. Daryl kicks this one off by talking about the original Area 88 (released years ago by Central Park Media then never entirely released on DVD before going out of print) and its more recent remake (available in its entirety on DVD from ADV Films). As is standard, this is yet another 30-45 minute speech edited down to 15; Gerald and Clarissa are too terrified to speak up lest the terror go on for even longer than it would otherwise.
- ANN’s entry for the original Area 88 OAVs
- ANN’s entry for the new Area 88 TV series
- ADV Films’ Official Area 88 TV homepage
- Picture of the OAV character design for Shin Kazama
- Picture of the TV series character design for Shin Kazama
- Anime on DVD forum post by ADV’s David Williams regarding the US music alterations
Review: Sensitive Pornograph (51:19 – 1:09:30)
You see how the description at the top of the page mentions yaoi? We figured after nearly a month, we should make good on that threat. Clarissa reviews the yaoi title (BL, whatever…it’s all guys having sex with guys; if she wanted this done correctly, she’d edit this herself) [Clarissa: Don’t worry, the English speaking fandom and companies can’t decide what the hell they want to call it, so you could use any and be right or wrong depending entirely on who you ask. But for clarity I usually go with the Japanese, so it’s ?????/Boys Love/BL.] Sensitive Pornograph while Daryl and Gerald trivialize her interests. We apologize that the audio quality on this segment isn’t quite up to par. It’s either because of the recording procedure or the fact that everyone edits their own segments. I’m guessing it’s the recording.
- ANN’s entry for Sensitive Pornograph
- ANN’s entry for Gokurakuin Sakurako
- Slash’s Official Sensitive Pornograph Website (Japanese)
- Kitty Media’s Sensitive Pornograph webpage
Closing (1:09:30 – 1:13:53)
Somehow everyone survived the new technical hazards brought on with this episode. We do the obligatory begging for feedback, especially with regards to show length now that that’s two shows where the running time was about 75 minutes instead of 60, and do a preview for next week. Gerald vows revenge against the Sensitive Pornograph segment by doing a review of the incredibly horrible hentai title Gonad the Barbarian, Daryl does a creator spotlight on the one true Jigoku Manga master Kazuo Koike, and Clarissa tells everyone what they’ve been missing out on by not having watched They Were Eleven. Of course, that’s only if time permits following the interview with our very first guest on the show, the Hunter S. Thompson of anime journalism (for the English language), Patrick Macias! Not only is he an expert on Japanese cult cinema, Patrick is smarter than us in all conceivable aspects AND could KO us all with his pugilistic talents.